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Special Rapporteur congratulates Cambodians on elections, appeals for calm and reconciliation

Listen / Surya P. Subedi, Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Cambodia. [UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré]

A United Nations independent expert on Wednesday appealed for calm and reconciliation in Cambodia, following the country's presidential elections on 28 July. While there were reports that Cambodia's opposition party rejected the results, Surya P. Subedi, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, congratulated Cambodians "on exercising their right to vote [...]

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Malians to be commended for a peaceful election

Listen / Electoral kits being unloaded in Timbuktu, ahead of the 28 July 2013 presidential elections in Mali. [Photo: MINUSMA/Blagoje Grujic]

Over 50 per cent of Malians went to the polls on the first round of their country's presidential elections, that's according to Aurelien Agbenonci, the special representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Mali. He says this means that the Malians want to make the right choice and change their situation. He commends the [...]

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UN Daily News 31 July 2013

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ILO project helps keep children in school in India

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The International Labour Organization, ILO, has been working with the Indian authorities at national, state and district levels to help remove and prevent children from entering the work force. The pilot project, known as the "Convergence Project," is being carried out in urban and rural areas of five states and implemented by the ILO's International [...]

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Situation remains calm in Mali: UNDP Resident Representative

Listen / Woman casting her vote in Mali elections. [Photo: UNDP]

The current atmosphere in Mali is very calm, according to Aurelien Agbenonci, the UNDP Resident Representative in the country. Mr. Agbenonci says following the 28 July elections, people have been going about their usual business, there is no tension and they are expecting the results from the ministry in charge of the election. He believes [...]

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UNICEF urges action to fight violence against children

Listen / UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson. [Photo: UNICEF/ Toledano]

  UNICEF announced an initiative on Wednesday that urges citizens, lawmakers and governments to speak out more forcefully to fight violence against children. Recent horrific attacks against children, such as gang rapes of girls in India and South Africa this year and the fatal shooting of 26 teachers and students in the United States last [...]

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A victim of gender based violence in Mali tells her story

Listen / 16 year-old Fatoumata Traoré, a victim of gender based violence in Mali.

Fighting between Government forces and rebels in the northern part of Mali, which started early last year, has caused insecurity, instability and a growing refugee crisis. The Human Rights Council says human rights violations were committed by rebels, terrorist groups and other organized transnational crime networkS, particularly in the north of the country. These abuses, [...]

31 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan rises in first half of 2013

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There was a sharp rise in the number of casualties among Afghan civilians in the first six months of 2013, according to a report released by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA. The UNAMA report documented nearly 4,000 civilian deaths and injuries in that time period, a marked increase over the 2012 numbers. It [...]

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Middle East Quartet praises resumption of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians

Listen / Israeli forces take possession of vacated Al Faluja handed over to them by U.S. observers. In a brief ceremony troops salute the white and blue Israeli flag hoisted from the roof-top of a shell-scared building. [UN Photo/ on or around 26 February 1949]

Direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians resumed on 29 July and have been welcomed by the Middle East Quartet, which is made up of the United Nations, the Russian Federation, the United States and the European Union. Senior negotiators from both sides are meeting in Washington to begin final status negotiations. A statement issued by [...]

30 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

River blindness breakthrough in Colombia

Listen / River Blindness [Photo: WHO/Mark Edwards]

Colombia is the first country in the world to eliminate onchocerciasis, commonly known as river blindness. This parasitic disease is transmitted to humans through the bite of black flies common in river areas and is the second-leading infectious cause of blindness globally. WHO Director-General, Margaret Chan, congratulated the Government of Colombia and urged it to [...]

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UN Daily News 30 July 2013

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Only one in five countries fully implements WHO's infant formula code

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Only 20 percent of countries reporting have passed laws that fully implement the World Health Organization's (WHO) infant formula code, according to a new WHO report. The International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, as the code is formally known, promotes breastfeeding as a way of improving the health and nutrition of infants and young [...]

30 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Disarmament on Trial

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“The jury is you” in this drama about disarmament, starring actors Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Dennis King and Edward Mulhare. Language: English Genre: Drama 1957 Duration: 28’35″

30 Jul 2013 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

UN mission helps to keep the peace in Liberia

Listen / UNMIL Force Commander Major-General Leonard Muriuki Ngondi of Kenya

For the past decade, the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has been supporting the country's efforts to consolidate peace gains following civil war in the 1990s which killed more than 200,000 people. Major-General Leonard Muriuki Ngondi of Kenya, Force Commander at the mission, says UNMIL forces are busy with patrols and assisting the government in [...]

30 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Beyond Reasonable Doubt

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“The rule of law is the rule of life and neither can exist without the other”. Language: English Genre: Drama 1957 Duration: 50’58″

30 Jul 2013 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

International Day of Friendship celebrated

Listen / Children at Delmas 33 camp for displaced Haitians in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, play inside a clean, safe area designated by independent organization Save the Children. [UN Photo/Sophia Paris]

Tuesday the 30th of July is being observed as the International Day of Friendship. First proclaimed by the United Nations in 2011, the aim of the day is to show that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. In his message for the day, UN Secretary-General [...]

30 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Fighting and insecurity disrupting food distribution efforts in Syrian cities

Listen / WFP food distribution in Syria (WFP@PHOTO)

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says many areas in Syria are becoming inaccessible due to increased fighting, disrupting efforts to reach the displaced with food assistance. WFP says it had planned to reach 3 million Syrians with food assistance during the month of July, but only managed to reach about 2.4 million due [...]

30 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

An act of kindness goes a long way

Listen / Save the Grace volunteers in Lebanon repackage excess food from restaurants for distribution to Syrian refugee families. [Adapted from UNIFEED]

Ramadan is the holiest time of the year in Islam when Muslims all around the world abstain from food, drink and other physical needs for a month, from dawn until the sun sets. In Lebanon, a local non-governmental organization (NGO) ‘Save the Grace’ started a helpful initiative during this period.  It collects leftovers from restaurants [...]

30 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UNHCR: Sexual violence on the rise in DR Congo's North Kivu Province

Listen / Crowd of people in DRC

Recurrent conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province is uprooting more civilians and exposing an increasing number of women, girls and men to rape, according to the UN Refugee agency (UNHCR). Since January this year, UNHCR teams in the region have registered 705 cases of sexual violence, including 619 cases of rape. [...]

30 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Tens of thousands are refugees or internally displaced:UNHCR

Listen / Sudanese refugees walking in crowds

Every four seconds there’s a new refugee or internally displaced person in the world, says UNHCR, the UN refugee agency. People continually flee to other countries — tens of thousands of Malians to Niger, Mauritania and Burkina Faso; thousands of Sudanese to South Sudan, and now well over one million and a half Syrians to [...]

29 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Secretary-General condemns attack on Turkish office in Mogadishu

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack on the office housing Turkish personnel in Mogadishu, Somalia. The attack took place on the 27 of July, according to a statement attributable to the Secretary-General's Spokesperson. The Secretary-General expresses his heartfelt condolences to the Government and people of Turkey, as well [...]

29 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Mali elections went well:Electoral Division official

Listen / Electoral kits being unloaded in Timbuktu, ahead of the 28 July 2013 presidential elections in Mali. [Photo: MINUSMA/Blagoje Grujic]

Elections in Mali have gone well, according to the Deputy Director of the Electoral Division (DPA). Ali Diabacté is currently in Bamako on mission to support the efforts of UNDP, the United Nations Development Programme, and MINUSMA, the UN Stabilization Mission in Mali, in the electoral process. Elections were peaceful, basically well-organized, with a turn-out [...]

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UN Daily News 29 July 2013

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Food and water major concerns at Za’atari camp in Jordan

Listen / Children form a line outside the school at Za'atari camp in northern Jordan. [Photo: UNICEF/Simon Ingram]

Food, water and sanitation are among the major concerns of refugees in Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan, says UNICEF Communication Officer Marc Vergara. The camp, which marks its one year anniversary on the 29th of July, hosts Syrians fleeing from the on-conflict in their country. According to the UNICEF Communication Officer, the camp, which is [...]

29 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Syria war a chronicle of missed opportunities: Pinheiro

Listen / Paulo Pinheiro, Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria

Syria is in free-fall. That's the assessment of Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, the Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria. He told the UN General Assembly on Monday that the relentless shelling has killed thousands of civilians and displaced the populations of entire towns. An untold number of men and women have disappeared [...]

29 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

INDONESIA #30: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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UN maritime body lauds 'Women at the Helm' of the shipping industry

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Although shipping has traditionally been a male-dominated industry, women increasingly are becoming more visible in the sector. In fact, 'Women at the Helm' is the title of a film launched recently by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) which shows how the agency is making efforts to overturn tradition. An IMO programme that promotes the integration [...]

29 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Za'atri camp for Syrian refugees a year later

Listen / Children keep warm in the bitter cold at Za'atari refugee camp. [Photo: UNICEF/Pattinson]

The Za'atri camp for Syrian refugees in the middle of the desert opened on July 29, 2012, according to UNICEF's Communications Officer in the country. Mark Vergara says a year later, the camp has become the fourth largest city in Jordan and the second largest refugee camp in the world, housing 127- thousand people with [...]

29 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN expert welcomes prisoner releases, is concerned over on-going arrests in Myanmar

Listen / Tomás Ojea Quintana, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar. [UN Photo/Evan Schneider]

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, has welcomed the release of 73 prisoners of conscience. Tomás Ojea Quintana said "The release of prisoners of conscience continues to be one of the most tangible outcomes of Myanmar's reforms". At the same time, the Special Rapporteur raises concerns over ongoing arrests [...]

29 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN envoy urges Iraqi political leaders to take decisive action to stop senseless bloodshed

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The top UN official in Iraq has expressed his deep concern following Monday's new wave of car bombings that killed and injured dozens more Iraqis. Acting Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Gyorgy Busztin said he's "deeply concerned about the heightened level of violence which carries the danger that the country [...]

29 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Egypt should not betray democratic aspirations of its people

Listen / protesters clash with police personnel in downtown Cairo. [Photo from file: Amr Emam/IRIN]

All sides in Egypt have a responsibility to ensure violence and conflict do not derail a two-year struggle to make the Arab country a democratic state. The call comes from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). IPU President Abdelwahad Radi urged all sides not to lose sight of what the majority of Egyptians have demanded for years [...]

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Confrontational approach in Egypt leading to disaster: Pillay

Listen / Egyptians protest in Cairo in July 2013. Photo: UN News Centre

"Egypt stands at a crossroads. The future of this great country that gave so much to civilization, depends on how its citizens and authorities act over the following days and months," High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has warned. Citing the latest uncompromising announcement from the Ministry of Interior, the human rights chief cautioned [...]

29 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

In call to interim vice president, Secretary-General voices concern over recent violence in Egypt

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (File photo. M. Garten/UN)

The UN Secretary-General has spoken with senior leaders in Egypt and the region to share his deep concern over the violence which has killed upwards of 80 people since Friday. On Sunday, Ban Ki-moon spoke by phone with Egyptian Interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei and expressed his profound concern about the direction in which the [...]

28 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General appeals for dialogue and reconciliation in Egypt

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (file photo).

The UN Secretary-General has strongly condemned the violence in Egypt which has left scores dead and hundreds injured following peaceful protests on Friday and Saturday. In a statement issued on Saturday by his spokesperson, Ban Ki-moon appealed to Egyptians to address their differences through dialogue and to engage in an inclusive and meaningful reconciliation process. [...]

27 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Syrian authorities and UN officials conclude ‘productive’ talks on mission into alleged chemical weapons use

Listen / Swedish professor Ǻke Sellström heads the UN mission into the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict.

The UN disarmament chief and the head of the UN mission that will investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria have concluded a two-day visit to the country. UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane and Professor Åke Sellström were in the capital, Damascus, this week for consultations on the work of [...]

27 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN-CARICOM discuss broad range of priority issues

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre), Assistant Secretary-General Tayé-Brook Zerihoun (right), and CARICOM Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque (left) at the seventh meeting between representatives of the UN and CARICOM. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

The Caribbean is a vibrant region, rich in democratic values, cultural diversity, natural resources and strong visionaries, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said this week at the opening of the Seventh UN-CARICOM General Meeting in New York. He said over the past decade and a half, these UN-Caricom General Meetings have provided an excellent opportunity to assess [...]

26 Jul 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Secretary-General expresses hope for peaceful election in Mali on Sunday

Listen / Electoral kits being unloaded in Timbuktu, ahead of the 28 July 2013 presidential elections in Mali. [Photo: MINUSMA/Blagoje Grujic]

The UN Secretary-General is reiterating his call for a peaceful, credible and transparent presidential election in Mali this weekend. Citizens of the West African country go to the polls on Sunday, and Ban Ki-moon encourages all Malian voters to exercise their democratic right to vote. In a statement issued on Friday by his spokesperson,  Mr. [...]

26 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Multiple issues cause an outbreak of violence in Darfur: UNAMID Chief

Listen / Mohamed Ibn Chambas

The conflict in Sudan’s western region of Darfur is experiencing a resurgence in killings and displacements, despite the best efforts of the international community to find a lasting resolution. Just two weeks ago a large group of unidentified armed men, using highly sophisticated weapons, ambushed a convoy of peacekeepers and killed 7 Tanzanians who are [...]

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UN Daily News 26 July 2013

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UN agency concerned about Palestinian refugees caught in Syria conflict

Listen / Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees in the Syrian capital Damascus. Photo:IRIN/Gabriela Keller

The UN agency that works with Palestine refugees (UNRWA) remains gravely concerned about the ongoing violence in Syria and reiterates its appeal for the conflict to be solved through mediated dialogue. UNRWA cites reports that show a sharp escalation in armed confrontation around Yarmouk camp in Damascus where a rocket attack this week reportedly killed [...]

26 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Food prices decline but remain high; consumer food subsidies increasing concern

Listen / Workers stacking large sacks from conveyor belt. Pakistan. Photo: Curt Carnemark / World Bank

Global food prices declined for three consecutive quarters, then rose in May and June, remaining close to historical peaks, the World Bank Group's quarterly Food Price Watch reported Friday. It says some countries with high poverty and weak safety nets are now responding to this chronic volatility by scaling up consumer food subsidies but these [...]

26 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNHCR report says Ukraine needs to improve its asylum system

Listen / Photo: UNHCR/B. Szandelszky

Ukraine's asylum system still requires fundamental improvements, says a report by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). According to the report released Friday, UNHCR says Ukraine's asylum system needs to offer better protection against forced return of asylum seekers and to improve the fairness and efficiency of the hearings process. As a result of [...]

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Human Rights office launches Free & Equal campaign to raise awareness about LGBT discrimination

Listen / UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Justice Edwin Cameron launch OHCHR's Free & Equal campaign in Cape Town, South Africa (© Casey Crafford)

A global public education campaign launched this Friday by the UN Human Rights office aims to raise awareness about violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The 'Free & Equal' campaign will focus on the need for both legal reforms and public education to counter homophobia and transphobia. Speaking at the [...]

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Syrian refugees arrested in Egypt

Listen / Syrian refugees wait to be registered by UNHCR staff in Lebanon.© UNHCR/M.Abu Asaker

At least 85 Syrian refugees have been arrested and detained by the military and security forces in Egypt over the last one month, according to the UN Refugee agency (UNHCR). Among those arrested are several minors and Syrians registered by the UNHCR in Egypt. UNHCR says there is a growing anti-Syrian sentiment in Egypt with [...]

26 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN chief urges maximum restraint by all sides in Egypt

Listen / Egyptians protest in Cairo in July 2013. Photo: UN News Centre

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon once again urges all sides in Egypt to act with maximum restraint. A statement from his Spokesperson's office says the Secretary-General is following the developments in Egypt closely, with growing concern. The statement says the Secretary-General supports the rights of all Egyptians to hold peaceful protests. And, he calls on [...]

26 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Malnourished children in northern Nigeria get community-based treatment

Listen / Katanga primary health care centre, Nigeria

Nigeria's rates of childhood stunting and wasting are among the highest in the world, particularly in the north where the country reaches into the Sahel region, according to the UN Children's Agency (UNICEF). In many cases, these conditions can be life-threatening if not treated properly. In 2009, in collaboration with the Nigerian Government, UNICEF started [...]

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UNICEF reports great strides in ending Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

Listen / At age one, Fatima was subjected to female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in her village in Afar Region of Ethiopia which has one of the world's highest prevalence rates. [Photo: UNICEF/Kate Holt]

A new report from the UN children's fund (UNICEF) brings together the most complete statistics and analyses on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). Although the agency estimates an additional 30 million young girls are at risk of being cut in the next decade, UNICEF believes changing perceptions about the practice—for example, by women who themselves have [...]

26 Jul 2013 | Posted in Women | Read More »

UNICEF highly concerned about the impact of fighting on children in North Kivu

Listen / Displaced children in DRC

The resumption of conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo between the national army and armed groups (the M23 and the ADF-Nalu) in North Kivu province is a direct risk to children in and around the areas where fighting is taking place, the UN children's agency (UNICEF) warns. The agency says it has received [...]

26 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Hepatitis – Know it. Confront it.

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Hepatitis A, B, C, D, E – Know it. Confront it! That's the message for World Hepatitis Day, 28th July. The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging governments to act against the five hepatitis viruses affecting millions of people worldwide, with the highest burden in Asia and Africa. If left untreated, hepatitis can cause acute [...]

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UN Daily News 25 July 2013

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Framework hold hope for peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Four months ago, the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region was signed, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a meeting of the Security Council on Thursday. His remarks were made as the Security Council opened debate on the Great Lakes region, that is the countries surrounding Africa's [...]

25 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Human Rights chief calls for prompt investigation into killing of Tunisian opposition leader

Listen / Navi Pillay

The UN human rights chief is urging authorities in Tunisia to launch a prompt and transparent investigation into the assassination of a leading opposition politician. Mohamed Brahmi, a member of the National Constituent Assembly, was shot in front of his home in the capital, Tunis, on Thursday in the presence of his daughter. UN Human [...]

25 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

US Secretary of State calls for an end to support to armed groups in eastern DRC

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All parties to the conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo are being urged to move forward together to address the root causes of two decades of fighting and instability. The call comes from United States Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking on Thursday during a Security Council meeting on the situation in [...]

25 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WFP, US strengthen Kenya's national school meals programme

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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Thursday presented the Kenyan Ministry of Education with 60 motorbikes and a four-wheel-drive vehicle to strengthen the government's expanding Home-Grown School Meals Programme (HGSMP). The motorbikes and 4WD, with a combined value of $93,000 (about Ksh. 8 million), are part of a $305,000 contribution to WFP from [...]

25 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Arab Bedouins threatened with eviction and forcible displacement

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The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) says an Israeli draft bill calling for the demolition of dozens of Bedouin villages in the Negev Desert is threatening the eviction and forcible displacement of over 35,000 Arab Bedouins. The Negev Desert, which covers more than half of Israel's land area, is home to Arab Bedouins who have [...]

25 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

International community, remain engaged in Burundi: Security Council

Listen / SRSG Parfait Onanga-Anyanga briefing the Security Council. [UN Photo/Mark Garten]

The international community should continue to be engaged in Burundi. That was the message of speakers who addressed the UN Security Council as it discussed the progress of the peace process in the country. Decade long conflict escalated in Darfur, Sudan displacing 250,000 people The World Food Programme (WFP) says an escalation of new violence [...]

25 Jul 2013 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

We have to bring the Syrian conflict to an end: Ban

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (file photo).

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held discussions on Thursday with US Secretary of State John Kerry on what he termed, "the appalling situation in Syria". Secretary-General Ban told reporters ahead of the meeting that the conflict is now continuing for almost two and a half years. ” More than 100,000 people have been killed. Millions of [...]

25 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

North eastern DPRK inundated by floods

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Heavy seasonal rains over the past two weeks have resulted in flooding in many parts of the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea. And, the United Nations has dispatched assessment teams to a number of areas in (DPRK) that the government has identified as the most badly affected by flooding. The government reported that the provinces [...]

25 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Israel accused of violating the rights of Arab Bedouins

Listen / Navi Pillay

Nearly 40,000 Arab Bedouins are threatened with eviction and forcible displacement should the Israeli parliament adopt a draft law calling for the demolition of up to 35 Bedouin villages in the Negev Desert, according to the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR). The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the legislation was an [...]

25 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban counting on Israelis and Palestinians to revive the two-state solution

Listen / Secretary-General meets with John Kerry

"I now count on the Israelis and Palestinians to respond courageously to revive the two-state solution," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday in remarks to the media before meeting with United States Secretary of State John Kerry. The Secretary-General said "hard negotiations lie ahead and only the parties can make the tough choices. But at least [...]

25 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General rings in a more equitable future at the New York Stock Exchange

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Investors increasingly understand that embracing social, economic and environmental responsibility does not mean sacrificing returns on their investment, according to the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon was speaking from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Wednesday, where he rang the bell that marks the close of a trading day. Mr. Ban welcomed [...]

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UN Daily News 24 July 2013

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IOM, China seek to protect trafficking victims on Northern Mekong border

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According to the IOM, in recent years, cross-border movement from the Northern Mekong region into China has increased. Human trafficking is a growing concern, with emerging trends including the trafficking of women and children from neighbouring countries into China's border regions. The workshop, co-organized by IOM and China's Ministry of Public Security, will provide an [...]

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UN officials in Syria for talks on mission into alleged use of chemical weapons

Listen / Åke Sellström

The UN disarmament chief and the head of the UN mission that will investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria arrived in the country on Wednesday. UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane and Professor Åke Sellström are in the capital, Damascus, for consultations on the modalities for the proper, safe and [...]

24 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Hepatitis – Know it. Confront it.

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Hepatitis A, B, C, D, E – Know it. Confront it! That's the message for World Hepatitis Day, 28th July. The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging governments to act against the five hepatitis viruses affecting millions of people worldwide which, if left untreated, can cause acute and chronic disease and kill close to 1.4 [...]

24 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

General Assembly moves to improve sanitation for all

Listen / Toilet facility in India

The UN General Assembly has unanimously adopted a resolution that seeks to improve the lives of the 2.5 billion people worldwide who lack access to proper sanitation facilities. Ambassadors on Wednesday voted to establish 19 November as World Toilet Day in efforts to bring an end to open defecation. The UN says nearly 2,000 children [...]

24 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Nutrition security in Gao: an alarming situation

Listen / A doctor in Mali measures the arm of 2-year-old Massira for signs of malnutririon during the Sahel nutrition crisis of 2012.© UNICEF/MLIA2012-00637/Bindra

The humanitarian community is raising alarm on the rates of acute malnutrition in Gao, Northern Mali. A nutrition and mortality survey conducted by Mali's Ministry of health and its partners, including UNICEF, reveals a dire nutrition crisis, making it extremely difficult for the most vulnerable and children under age five, in particular. Humanitarian Action Coordinator [...]

24 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Sudan opens investigation into deadly attack on Darfur peacekeepers

Listen / Mohammed Ibn Chambas

Sudan has launched an investigation into the recent deadly ambush that resulted in the deaths of seven Tanzanian peacekeepers serving in Darfur, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Wednesday. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, head of the joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), added that an internal investigation into the incident is [...]

24 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WHO says hepatitis is a 'silent epidemic'

Listen / World Hepatitis Day, 28 July

The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging governments to act against the five Hepatitis viruses that can cause severe liver infections and lead to 1.4 million deaths every year. Some of these hepatitis viruses, most notably types B and C, can also lead to chronic and debilitating illnesses such as liver cancer. WHO says viral [...]

24 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

INDONESIA #29: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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UN Daily News 23 July 2013

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Middle East peace process discussed in Security Council

Listen / Robert H. Serry UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, briefs the Security Council -  UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

An agreement is still in the process of being finalized, Robert Serry told the Security Council on Tuesday. He was referring to negotiations on a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians which are scheduled to take place in the near future, as he summarized events taking place during the past reporting period. Gerry Adams has [...]

23 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

We have now reached a decisive point in the Middle East Peace Process: Serry

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The Middle East peace process remains critical for the fate of the region, UN Special coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry told the Security Council on Tuesday. He said progress in the peace process and a more constructive dynamic between the Israelis and the Palestinians would have important positive political regional implications. [...]

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Decade-long conflict escalates in Darfur, displacing 250,000 people

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The World Food Programme (WFP) says an escalation of new violence in Sudan's western region of Darfur has prompted over 250,000 people to flee their villages and abandon their livelihoods since early this year. Although this was the season when people should be planting and working on farms, they were instead fleeing their villages. WFP's [...]

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UNHCR welcomes Yemen national policy on Internally Displaced People

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The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has welcomed the adoption by Yemen of a national policy on internally displaced people (IDPs). The government approved the policy in late June. It aims to protect the more than half-a-million Yemenis who have been forced to flee their homes in recent years and to help solve the problem of [...]

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WFP launches emergency operation in South Sudan

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The World Food Programme (WFP) is appealing for $20 million to bring emergency aid to an estimated 60,000 people affected by fighting in South Sudan's largest state. The operation will include the use of helicopters as the people have fled to hard-to-reach areas of Pibor County, located in Jonglei State, which are inaccessible due to [...]

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WFP appeals for $20 million to deliver critical lifesaving food aid to South Sudan

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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is launching an urgent appeal for $20 million for its emergency operation in South Sudan. WFP spokesperson Elizabeth Byrs says this money will provide critical life-saving food assistance, as well as transport to difficult remote areas, to over 60,000 people displaced by violence in Jonglei state, South Sudan. [...]

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IPU: Many parliaments lack oversight of World Bank and IMF loan agreements

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More than 40 per cent of parliaments around the world lack the legal authority to ratify loans negotiated by governments with financial institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This is according to a global study jointly undertaken by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the World Bank. The study reveals [...]

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UNHCR: Mali refugees missing from voters register

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With the first round of Mali's presidential elections scheduled for Sunday July 28th, the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR is concerned that a large number Malian refugees may not be able to exercise their democratic right. UNHCR says although  19,000 Malian refugees voluntarily registered to take part in the elections, only about half of the [...]

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Life-saving supplies reach children and families in conflict-affected Aleppo

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  UNICEF and partners have just completed delivery of life-saving supplies to the embattled city of Aleppo in north-western Syria. The mission, which also included the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and United Nations agencies, was part of a 15-truck convoy that travelled from Damascus to Aleppo. UNICEF's supplies included diarrhoeal disease kits to treat [...]

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Young Latin Americans welcome future with optimism, but demand less corruption, poverty and violence

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Young people in Latin America, Portugal and Spain are optimistic about their future—two out of three believe that in five years they will be better off than they are now—, according to the 1st Ibero-American Youth Survey, presented in Madrid. The first study ever conducted with youth in 20 countries, with over 20,000 interviews, revealed [...]

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International community needs to move forward on a political agenda for Syria: Zerrougui

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The situation in Syria continues to be dire especially for children who make up the majority of those displaced both in and outside the country. That's what the Special representative of the Secretary-general for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui told reporters at the United Nations on Monday. Ms. Zerougi says she was overwhelmed by [...]

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International community, remain engaged in Burundi: Security Council

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The international community should continue to be engaged in Burundi. That was the message of speakers who addressed the UN Security Council on Monday, as it discussed the progress of the peace process in the country. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 3’20″

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Significant progress made in planning for Burundi's political future

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Significant advances in terms of political dialogue have been made in Burundi. Special Representative of the Secretary-General, UN Office in Burundi (BNUB) Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, told the UN Security Council on Monday that for the first time since 2010, in March this year all Burundian political actors came together to discuss the country's political future and [...]

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Eliminating FGM/C central to UNICEF's mandate

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Eliminating Female genital mutilation/cutting FGMC is central to the mandate of UNICEF. Deputy Executive Director of the agency Geeta Rao Gupta told a Washington DC press conference on Monday that what the report really shows so clearly now is that this is not an internationally-imposed shift required by the UN and others. Rather she says, [...]

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Expert says long-term planning and strategic thinking key to food security in Malawi

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Six years ago, Malawi was reaping praise for its policies that helped combat hunger by subsidizing maize production. But a UN human rights expert says lack of investment in other areas, notably in soil health and in developing irrigation techniques, means the country is still plagued by food insecurity. Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special [...]

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The concerns of the Caribbean are the concerns of the UN: Ban

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Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have been pioneers in raising the world's awareness on climate change and the unique challenges of Small Island Developing States, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday in opening remarks to the Seventh UN-CARICOM general meeting. The Secretary-general said that thanks to the advocacy of CARICOM, the General Assembly focused on the [...]

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Ending preventable child deaths before 2035: Bangladesh call to action

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Bangladesh on Monday committed to ending preventable child deaths in the country before 2035. This commitment builds on the impressive progress that Bangladesh has made in reducing maternal and child mortality, and improving the health and wellbeing of mothers and children over the past 40 years. To achieve this goal, the Government has pledged to [...]

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Human rights should be at the centre of Japan's international development cooperation efforts: UN expert

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Japan should adopt a human rights-based approach to its international development cooperation. The call comes from UN Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, Cephas Lumina. He said "The Government should make a more explicit commitment to incorporating human rights principles into the design, implementation and monitoring of its international development cooperation policies". And [...]

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Food insecurity and malnutrition still rife in Malawi

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Malawi's recent high-profiled food security policies have failed to rid the country of chronic food insecurity and malnutrition, according to a UN Human Rights expert. Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, says more than 50 per cent of the country remains stuck in poverty, with many families unable to [...]

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Human Rights chief concludes visit to Colombia

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  UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay has concluded a four-day mission to Colombia. At a press conference on Friday in the capital, Bogotá, Ms. Pillay spoke about the meetings she held with various sectors, including NGOs. She said civil society representatives want their voices to be heard in peace talks between the government and [...]

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Registering births in Nigeria

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    UNICEFestimates that Nigeria will have the highest absolute rise in child population by 2025. To account for this rapidly growing population and address challenges associated with getting children registered, the Government, with the support of UNICEF and partners, has established a monitoring and evaluation system called RapidSMS. This procedure provides a clearer picture [...]

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ICC Prosecutor says attacks on peacekeepers could constitute war crimes

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The Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) says attacks against peacekeepers may constitute war crimes. In a statement issued on Friday, Fatou Bensouda condemned last weekend's deadly ambush on a convoy of blue helmets serving at the joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). Bensouda called on the government of Sudan to carry [...]

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UN Daily News 19 July 2013

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Conference focuses on disability needs post-2015

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The sixth session of the Conference of States Parties of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the CRPD, is winding up its three day meeting at the United Nations. Penny Hartin, Chief Executive Officer of the World Blind Union, says a high point of the meeting has been its focus on including [...]

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Secretary-General repeats call for dialogue in Bahrain following bomb attack

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The UN Secretary-General has condemned a bomb attack at a mosque in Bahrain earlier this week. In a statement attributable to his spokesperson, Ban Ki-moon expresses concern about the recent increase in violence in the country. According to media reports, no one was hurt in the blast which took place at a mosque in the [...]

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UN labour agency welcomes G20 proposals on job creation

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The head of the International Labour Organization (ILO) says proposals by G20 governments to boost efforts to promote jobs and economic growth are "a major step forward." ILO Director-General Guy Ryder was speaking in Moscow on Friday, where Labour and Employment Ministers from the world's major economies wrapped up their two-day meeting with a declaration [...]

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World Met Office says first half of 2013 among warmest periods on record

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Global average temperatures for the first half of this year are among the hottest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The information comes from one of the agency's members, the United States's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which has just released its latest report. WMO spokesperson Clare Nullis told journalists in [...]

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New Congolese refugees in Uganda face shelter, water shortages

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Over 15,500 Congolese refugees who have fled into western Uganda have now been transferred away from the unsafe border area to a transit camp where aid agencies are able to provide humanitarian assistance, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The transit centre 25 kilometers deeper into Uganda is government managed and has a maximum [...]

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UN commends efforts to quell deadly inter-communal fighting in Guinea

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The UN Human Rights office is commending authorities in Guinea for their efforts to restore calm following three days of deadly inter-communal violence. At least 57 people were killed and more than 160 injured in fighting this week between members of the Guerze and Konianke ethnic groups. The clashes displaced hundreds of people, and looting, [...]

19 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Malala Day celebrated at the UN

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Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban just for going to school, addressed hundreds of young people on the 12th of July at the United Nations, urging them to use education as a weapon against extremism. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who dubbed the day – Yousafzai’s 16th birthday – ‘Malala Day’ in [...]

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UN pays tribute to young activist for education and girls' empowerment

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Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani school girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban, celebrated her 16th birthday at UN Headquarters by calling for more global investment in education. Malala says she wants all children—including the sons and daughters of the Taliban and other extremist groups—to have the chance to go to school. Advocate [...]

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Somali draft media law may curtail press freedom

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The Somali government has published a draft media law, but which the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) says is not in conformity with international human rights standards. OHCHR has also criticized the Somali government for going against its earlier pledge to hold broad consultations before the media bill was published. Rupert Colville from the UN [...]

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UN demands information on detained Egyptian leaders

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The United Nations Human Rights office (OHCHR) has written to the interim government in Egypt demanding to know the legal basis upon which the former President Mohammed Morsi and several senior members of his government remain in detention. In the letter, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is also asking to be [...]

19 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN releases new funds to support cholera response in Haiti during rainy season

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Haiti is getting US$1.5 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to respond to cholera. The additional funding from the CERF's Underfunded Emergencies Window comes at a crucial time, when cholera cases are set to rise during the rainy season. The additional allocation was announced by Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos. The new CERF [...]

19 Jul 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Secretary-General calls for restraint following latest fighting in eastern DRC

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The UN Secretary-General is calling for restraint following the latest round of fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. In a statement issued on Thursday by his spokesperson, Ban Ki-moon expresses deep concern about the hostilities initiated by the M23 rebel group near the city of Goma in North Kivu province. The M23 [...]

18 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN allocates extra $1.5 million to fight cholera in Haiti

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The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator says additional funding will be given to support cholera response in Haiti. Valerie Amos on Thursday announced that a further $1.5 million will be allocated to the effort, bringing the total amount this year to $4 million. The money will help humanitarian partners provide treatment in high-risk areas ahead of [...]

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UN expert urges Syria to enforce anti-child soldier recruitment law

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Syrian authorities are being encouraged to enforce a law which forbids the use and recruitment of children. The call comes from Leila Zerrougui, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, who on Thursday concluded a visit to Syria and nearby states hosting refugees from the country's ongoing crisis. The UN expert says she continues [...]

18 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Seven Tanzanian UNAMID peacekeepers killed and 17 others injured in ambush in Darfur, Sudan

Listen / UNAMID peacekeeper recuperates in Nyala following deadly ambush. [UN Photo/ Albert González Farran]

United Nations/African Union Peacekeepers under joint patrol were ambushed Saturday, the 13th of July in the Khor Abeche team site in Darfur, Sudan. Seven Tanzanian peacekeepers from the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) were killed and 17 others injured. Heavy ammunition was used in the attack from an unidentified group, according to Chris [...]

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UN Daily News 18 July 2013

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Expand social protection, reduce poverty for persons with disabilities

Listen / Ambassador Macharia Kamau of Kenya, President of the Conference of States Parties to Disabilities Rights Convention at a press briefing. [UN Photo/Mark Garten]

Improving living standards and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities is a major focus of attention of a meeting taking place on disabilities at the United Nations. The 132 States parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities are looking at ways to make development "disability-inclusive". Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 3’04″

18 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

ICC rejects Libyan appeal related to Gaddafi case

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) has rejected Libya's request to suspend the surrender of the son of the country's former leader who is wanted for crimes against humanity. The request had been filed in June but on Thursday the ICC Appeals Chamber said it was not convinced that surrendering Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi would create problems [...]

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General Assembly commemorates Nelson Mandela International Day

Listen / Mr. Andrew Mlangeni in an event commemorating the Nelson Mandela International Day. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

The UN General Assembly on Thursday commemorated the birthday of a global hero and icon of justice and equality: former South African President Nelson Mandela. Among the guest speakers was Andrew Mlangeni, who was imprisoned alongside Mandela in June 1964 for fighting the racist apartheid regime in their homeland. "Madiba has become the symbol of [...]

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Nelson Mandela International Day celebrated at the UN

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former US President Bill Clinton, and Reverend Jesse Jackson during an event commemorating the Nelson Mandela International Day [UN Photo/Eskinder Debeb]

July 18 is Nelson Mandela International Day. It's also the day when President Nelson Mandela celebrates his 95th birthday. The UN General Assembly in New York marks this Day with an informal meeting to honour the South African leader's contributions to democracy, racial justice and reconciliation. Speakers include former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Mr. Andrew [...]

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Director-General condemns murder of Honduran broadcaster Anibal Barrow

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The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, on Thursday denounced the killing of Honduran broadcaster Anibal Barrow whose dead body was found on 11 July near the city of San Pedro Sula. In a statement, Ms. Bokova said she trusts "that the authorities will be able to bring to justice those responsible for this crime which [...]

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New round of reforms needed for China's continued success: IMF

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China's economy is expected to expand at 7¾ percent this year—broadly the same pace as last year—but the risk of moderation has grown, say International Monetary Fund (IMF) economists. In their annual report on China's economy, the economists emphasize the importance of reforms to secure more consumer-based and sustainable growth going forward. The report says [...]

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Nelson Mandela Addresses General Assembly

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ANC leader Nelson Mandela addresses the General Assembly about his fight against the Apartheid regime in South Africa, four years before being elected President. Language: English Genre: Speech 1990 Duration: 25’33″

18 Jul 2013 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

UN chief concerned over reports of alleged mistreatment of M23 detainees

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep concern over reports of alleged mistreatment of M23 detainees and desecration of corpses of M23 combatants by the Congolese armed forces. A statement from the Spokespersons' office says the Secretary-General calls on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to bring the perpetrators of these reported acts to justice and [...]

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Hope for young South African opera student

Listen / Thesele Kemane, Graduate student at the University of Cape Town Opera School, preforming in the General Assembly Hall. [UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz]

For more than four decades, black and non-white South Africans lived under a brutal system of Apartheid. This intolerance prevented many young people from ever realizing their potential. When the Apartheid regime officially ended in 1994, Nelson Mandela, the new leader, brought hope to many talented young people. UNTV and Public Broadcasting Service of the [...]

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Nelson Mandela International Day a time for action and reflection: UN Secretary-General

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People everywhere are being encouraged to take action on behalf of others this Thursday in celebration of Nelson Mandela International Day. The appeal comes from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who observes that the commemoration comes at a moment of deep reflection on the life and work of the universally revered leader who remains in hospital. [...]

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UN requires extra $8 billion to meet humanitarian needs this year

Listen / Under-Secretary-General Valerie Amos during the United Nations Economic and Social Council. [UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre]

The United Nations needs another $8 billion dollars this year to give urgent humanitarian assistance to 73 million people in 24 countries. Reporting on humanitarian funding and action for the first half of the year, humanitarian chief Valerie Amos says more than $5 billion have been given so far. “That money has been used for [...]

17 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Coronavirus though serious, not public health emergency

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The conditions for a public health emergency of international concern have not at present been met. That is the unanimous decision of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee concerning the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). The World Health Organization (WHO) has been informed of 82 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infections, including 45 deaths. Assistant [...]

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UN Daily News 17 July 2013

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Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right

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"Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, guaranteed in article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It constitutes an essential pillar of any vital society." That is the message of UN Deputy Secretary-General at a Security Council debate devoted to the protection of journalists in armed conflict. According to Jan Eliasson, in [...]

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Additional funding required for spike in humanitarian needs

Listen / Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos. [UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre]

Millions of people remain in desperate need of help around the world, Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos told a press briefing in Geneva on Wednesday. This year's original appeal for 57 million people in 24 countries has risen to 73 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Gerry Adams has the story. Duration: 2’40″

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Conference seeks to further implementation of disability rights treaty

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If the world is to achieve its full potential, it is imperative to include all people, disability rights activists meeting at the United Nations told journalists on Wednesday. They were speaking in connection with the opening of a two-day conference that seeks to further implementation of the 2008 Convention on the Rights of Persons with [...]

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Funding gap could threaten humanitarian aid to 70 million people

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UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos fears a funding gap could affect the delivery of humanitarian aid to the more than 70 million people worldwide who will need it this year. Amos was in Geneva on Wednesday where she presented the mid-year review of global humanitarian action. While the initial 2013 Humanitarian Appeal aimed to [...]

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Security Council holds debate on protecting journalists in armed conflict

Listen / Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson addressing the Security Council. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

More than 600 journalists have been killed in the line of duty over the past decade, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told the Security Council on Wednesday. Council members are holding a meeting on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, with specific focus on journalists. The Deputy Secretary-General said every journalist murdered or intimidated [...]

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ICC President warns against complacency in message on International Criminal Justice Day

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Fifteen years after its establishment, the International Criminal Court (ICC) is undertaking more investigations, conducting more proceedings and giving a voice to victims. That message comes from ICC President Judge Sang-Hyun Song in a statement marking International Criminal Justice Day, observed this Wednesday, 17 July. Although creating a global justice project appeared to be an [...]

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UNESCO condemns killing of Egyptian photojournalist

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The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is urging authorities in Egypt to respect the right of journalists to carry out their work in safe conditions. This follows the recent killing of a newspaper photographer. Ahmed Assem el-Senousy, 26, was shot dead while covering a demonstration on 8 July. UNESCO chief Irina Bokova has [...]

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ILO calls for additional job creation policies in G20 countries

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  The International Labour Organization ( ILO) has called for broader and more inclusive job creation policies to achieve the G20's shared goal of strong, sustainable and balanced growth. The call comes against the background of structural unemployment still hovering above pre-crisis levels in G20 countries. According to the ILO-OECD update, unemployment is up in [...]

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Security Council calls for greater cooperation to fight terrorism in the Sahel

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The Security Council is calling for countries in Africa's Sahel region to strengthen cooperation to address terrorism and other challenges. In a Presidential Statement issued on Tuesday, Council members reaffirmed their strong commitment to the sovereignty, territorial integrity, political independence and unity of these nations. Rosemary DiCarlo, charge d’affaires at the United States Mission to [...]

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Envoy briefs Security Council on UN support to Central Asia

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The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), Miroslav Jenča, briefed the UN Security Council on 15 July on the work of the Centre over the past six months in support of the governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and [...]

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ICC asks Nigeria to arrest Sudanese President

Listen / Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir speaking during a meeting with UNAMID officials [UN Photo/Stuart Price]

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has asked Nigeria to arrest Sudan's President who reportedly was in the country to attend a global health summit. President Omar Al-Bashir faces charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide related to the crisis in Darfur. The ICC Registrar transmitted the request to the Nigerian authorities on Monday. [...]

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ICC Registrar explains his role

Listen / ICC's new Registrar Herman von Hebel taking oath (April 18, 2013) [Photo: ICC-CPI]

The International Criminal court was created in 2002 to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. There are currently eight cases before the ICC, as it is often called, all of them originating in Africa. The Registrar, Herman Von Hebel, recently spoke to Gerry Adams about some of the controversies surrounding the [...]

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Looming humanitarian crisis in Western Uganda as displaced Congolese face dire living conditions

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Congolese refugees have been streaming across the border into western Uganda since Thursday last week following a rebel attack on the town of Kamango in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. United Nations aid agencies are warning of a major humanitarian crisis in western Uganda where tens of thousands of Congolese refugees are resisting [...]

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Human Rights official repeats call for Syrian crisis to be taken up by ICC

Listen / UN deputy Human Rights chief Ivan Šimonivič briefing the Security Council on the situation in Syria

More than 6,000 minors have died in the Syrian conflict, nearly a quarter of whom were under the age of 10, the Security Council heard on Tuesday. UN deputy Human Rights chief Ivan Šimonivič told Council members that children in Syria have been detained, tortured and executed, in addition to being recruited as combatants by [...]

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Humanitarian Coordinator briefs Security Council on pressing needs in Syria

Listen / Valerie Amos briefing the Security Council regarding the situation in Syria via teleconference from Geneva.

UN agencies and their partners will need an additional $3 billion to meet the humanitarian needs of people affected by the Syrian crisis, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council on Tuesday. Valerie Amos, who briefed via teleconference from Geneva, detailed numerous bureaucratic, logistical and financial challenges facing those assisting millions of Syrians [...]

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UNESCO chief decries damage to World Heritage sites in Syria

Listen / Ancient City of Aleppo, Syria. [Photo:UNESCO/ Ron Van Oers]

The head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is calling for an immediate end to the destruction of heritage sites in Syria. In a statement on Tuesday, Irina Bokova expresses deep shock following reports of damage to two castles which she says are examples of architecture developed during the 11th and 13th [...]

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A healthier Africa will further boost economic growth on the continent

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A report launched Monday at the Special Summit of the African Union on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria highlights increased, targeted health spending as an essential foundation to greater economic growth and development in Africa. The report, Abuja +12: Shaping the future of health in Africa, by the African Union (AU) and the Joint United Nations [...]

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UNICEF's story in 2012: unrelenting efforts for world's most vulnerable children

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Despite financial concerns in much of the world and complex emergencies affecting children in nearly 80 countries in 2012, global progress was still made for millions of children last year, according to UNICEF's 2012 Annual Report. The report notes that emergencies dominated headlines in 2012 and the organization and its partners responded to 286 humanitarian [...]

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Thousands affected by drought in Namibia and Angola

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The United Nations Children fund (UNICEF) is appealing for nearly $22 million to support populations affected by the ongoing severe drought in Namibia and Angola. UNICEF says although the emergency is in the early stages, it is expected to deteriorate and urgent assistance is needed to support affected populations particularly women and children, to avert [...]

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Newly displaced Congolese refugees face dire living conditions

Listen / Thousands of people have been displaced by fighting in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

United Nations aid agencies are warning of a major humanitarian crisis in western Uganda, where tens of thousands of Congolese refugees are resisting efforts to relocate them to safer areas. The UN Refugee agency (UNHCR) says the nearly 70,000 refugees are spread out along the hilly border, where conditions are tough and getting help to [...]

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UNHCR rushes aid as 66,000 Congolese refugees stream into western Uganda

Listen / UNHCR Spokesperson Adrian Edwards [Photo adapted from UNIFEED]

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is providing emergency shelter, blankets and other essential relief items to some 66,000 Congolese refugees who have fled fighting for the safety of western Uganda in the last five days. Refugees began fleeing after a reported attack last week on the town of Kamango in eastern Democratic Republic of the [...]

15 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Humanitarian groups revise appeal for Yemen

Listen / Young girls collect water in Taiz, Yemen. [OCHA/Abdulelah Taqi]

UN agencies and their partners are revising a funding appeal to benefit nearly eight million people in Yemen. The humanitarian groups say they will now need $702 million, down from the original appeal launched last December for $716 million. The slight decrease is partly due to several unfunded projects that were slated for the beginning [...]

15 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Aid agencies gain access as violence in Pibor County increases

Listen / South Sudanese family near Pibor, Jonglei State.

Some 10,000 people who have been stranded in the bush in Pibor county, Jonglei, South Sudan following clashes between state and non-state actors, are now receiving assistance for the first time this year. Toby Lanzer, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, said this is a significant breakthrough for the aid agencies to reach these people, [...]

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UNHCR rushes aid to Uganda for Congolese refugees fleeing fresh attack

Listen / Congolese refugees queuing for aid in Uganda earlier this year. [UNHCR Photo]

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has rushed emergency aid to western Uganda where nearly 70,000 Congolese refugees have found shelter from recent fighting in their country. UNHCR says thousands of people have been streaming across the border since Thursday following an attack by a Ugandan Islamist rebel group on the town of Kamango in the [...]

15 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General calls for "inclusion and reconciliation" in Egypt

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. [UN Photo/Mark Garten]

It is imperative that all Egyptians work together towards a peaceful return to constitutional order and democratic governance, the UN Secretary-General told journalists in France on Monday. During a press conference in Paris, Ban Ki-moon reiterated the importance of restraint in Egypt at what he called "a critical juncture" for the country. "It is important [...]

15 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Maiden voyage of solar-powered plane a success

Listen / André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a special event organized by the Permanent Mission of Switzerland. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

With the wingspan of a jumbo jet but the weight of a compact-sized car and powered by thousands of solar cells, each the width of a strand of hair, meet Solar Impulse, the first plane powered only by solar energy. Solar Impulse made headlines on the 6th of July when it landed at Kennedy Airport [...]

15 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Deputy Secretary-General calls for more global partnership on migration

Listen / UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

With more people living outside their countries of birth than ever before, migration is "a reality" of the 21st century, according to UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson. He was speaking during a General Assembly interactive hearing on Monday on the topic of international migration and development. The Deputy Secretary-General called for a reinvigorated global partnership [...]

15 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ambush kills seven Tanzanian UNAMID peacekeepers and injures 17 others in Darfur, Sudan

Listen / A UNAMID armored personnel carrier that came under attack on 17 October, 2012. [UN Photo/Albert González Farran]

Seven Tanzanian peacekeepers from the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) were killed and 17 others injured during an ambush in Darfur, Sudan on the 13th of July. Heavy ammunition was used in the attack from an unidentified group, according to Chris Cycmanick, the Acting Spokesperson for UNAMID. On the line from Darfur, Sudan, [...]

15 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

ILO and UK team up to combat trafficking of women and girls in South Asia

Listen / Work in Freedom is a UK funded ILO programme aimed at preventing trafficking and forced labour of migrant women and girls from South Asia. [ILO Photo]

A new project by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Kingdom aims to prevent 100,000 girls and women across Asia from falling victim to labour trafficking. Launched on Monday by the ILO and the UK Department for International Development, the Work in Freedom Initiative will promote skills and knowledge needed to secure legal [...]

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Security Council condemns deadly attack on Darfur peacekeepers

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The deadly weekend ambush in Darfur which killed seven Tanzanian peacekeepers and injured 17 others has been condemned in the strongest terms by the Security Council. Council members issued a statement expressing their deep concern at the serious nature of the incident, calling it one of the most severe attacks on the joint African Union-UN [...]

15 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN and partners reach civilians hiding from fighting in South Sudan

Listen / 24 August 2012 - UN Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Toby Lanzer, at food distribution site in Yida refugee camp, Unity State. [UNMISS Photo]

UN agencies and non-governmental organizations this weekend gained access to thousands of civilians affected by violence in South Sudan's largest state. The people had been hiding in bushes in remote areas following clashes between government forces and non-state groups in Pibor county, Jonglei State. Toby Lanzer, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, said this marked [...]

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UNAIDS urges countries to rapidly scale up access to antiretroviral medicines

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The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS known as UNAIDS has launched a new framework to accelerate action in reaching 15 million people with antiretroviral treatment against the disease by 2015 That goal was set by United Nations Member States in 2011. The new framework, known as Treatment 2015, offers countries and partners both practical [...]

13 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Heads of UN humanitarian and human rights offices urge safe passage for trapped civilians in Syria

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The heads of the UN humanitarian and human rights offices have expressed alarm at the escalating violence in Homs and Aleppo, Syria. UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay have called on all parties to immediately stop actions that might result in civilian loss of life. They [...]

12 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Human Rights chief urges respect for right to privacy and protection of individuals revealing human rights violations

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"While concerns about national security and criminal activity may justify the exceptional and narrowly-tailored use of surveillance programmes, surveillance without adequate safeguards to protect the right to privacy actually risk impacting negatively on the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms," UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a statement on Friday. [...]

12 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Protecting Underwater Cultural Heritage in Caribbean Small Island States

Listen / Pollockshields Wreck, Bermudas. [UNESCO/E. Trainito]

A UNESCO meeting has underlined the potential of underwater cultural heritage which encompasses all traces of human existence that lie or were lying under water and are of a cultural or historical importance. Recognizing the urgent need to preserve and protect such valuable and vulnerable heritage, UNESCO pioneered the development of the 2001 Convention on [...]

12 Jul 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Tropical Storm Chantal Tests Hurricane Preparedness in Haiti, Highlights Need to End Displacement

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Tropical Storm Chantal, now dissipated, provided the Government of Haiti, IOM and partners the opportunity to test life-saving preparations for the upcoming Caribbean hurricane season. On Tuesday 9 July, the day before the storm was projected to reach the island of Hispaniola, IOM carried out awareness raising activities on emergency preparedness and procedures in camps [...]

12 Jul 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Angelique Kidjo impressed by Malala's humility

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo was at the United Nations Friday 12 July in support of Malala Yousafzai's crusade. The Grammy Award Winner is also passionate about the education of girls, particularly in Africa. UN Radio's Leda Letra caught up with Angelique and they talked about her impressions of Malala. Duration: 2'02"  

12 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Growing inequality with and among countries a concern to Guyana

Listen / Guyana's Foreign Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett chairs the High Level Session of the UN General Assembly Thematic Debate Inequality. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

The Government of Guyana was concerned with the challenge posed by growing inequality both within and among countries and the implications of this phenomenon for the promotion of human development. That's what Guyana's Foreign Minister Carolyn Rodriguez- Birkett told the UN General Assembly as it held a thematic debate on "Inequality". She explained that the [...]

12 Jul 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Malala encourages all to wage a global struggle against illiteracy

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"The saying 'The pen is mightier than the sword,' is true," Malala Yousafzai said, as she addressed hundreds of young people at the United Nations on Friday. Extremists are afraid of change, afraid of the equality it will bring into society, she concluded. In her address to the United Nations, Malala, the young Pakistani teen [...]

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Malala Day pays tribute to young activist for education and girls' empowerment

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Youth representatives from around the world are at the United Nations on Friday to celebrate the birthday of a young woman whose bravery and integrity have inspired people everywhere. Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating for girls' education, turned 16 amid applause from her peers, [...]

12 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

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No child should have to die for going to school: Ban

Listen / Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Malala Yousafzai

No child should have to die for going to school, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday in remarks to a Youth Assembly marking Malala Day. He says there's much work to do – 57 million children are not in school. Most of them are girls. Half live in conflict-affected countries. The Secretary-General says by targeting Malala, [...]

12 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

On Malala Day, Gordon Brown lauds Malala's commitment to education

Listen / Secretary-General Meets  Ms. Malala Yousafzai.

"What Malala has is belief in her cause which is that everyone should have opportunity and rights to education but also this incredible willpower that even an attempted assassination has never taken away from her". That's what Gordon Brown, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Global Education and the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom [...]

12 Jul 2013 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Malala is doing her part, governments must do theirs: Special Rapporteur on Education

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"When a girl is determined to learn, and her family and community support her, she cannot be stopped by anyone, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Kishore Singh said Friday as the United Nations celebrates the impact that Malala Yousafzai has had by risking her life to get the education which [...]

12 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNHCR finds some progress amid problems at Manus Island processing centre

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The United Nations refugee agency has criticized Australia’s immigration detention centre in Papua New Guinea, saying it does not meet international standards. In its second report on the Manus Island processing centre, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said although there were some improvements since its last visit in January, there were still major [...]

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On Malala Day, Gordon Brown lauds young advocate’s commitment to education

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"What Malala has is belief in her cause which is that everyone should have opportunity and rights to education but also this incredible willpower that even an attempted assassination has never taken away from her". That's what Gordon Brown, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Global Education and the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom [...]

11 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN and EU humanitarian chiefs call for increased humanitarian aid for CAR

Listen / Bangui, CAR, April 2013: About 3,000 people received food rations at this WFP distribution in the grounds of the community hospital in Bangui.  Credit: WFP/Herve Serefio

The top humanitarian officials of the United Nations and the European Union on Friday expressed deep concern about the plight of the people affected by instability across the Central African Republic (CAR) and called for increased humanitarian access to people in need of urgent aid. UN Humanitarian chief Valerie Amos and the European Union Commissioner [...]

11 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Adolescent pregnancy focus of World Population Day

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  Of the estimated 16 million teenage girls who give birth each year, far too many die from complications related to pregnancy or child birth, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). Adolescent pregnancy is the focus of this year's World Population Day, observed on 11 July, and the agency is urging countries to invest [...]

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Secretary-General appoints new head of UN Women

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The United Nations Secretary-General has appointed Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka of South Africa as Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women). She replaces Ms. Michelle Bachelet who spearheaded the Organization's work on gender equality and the empowerment of women at the global, regional and country levels. Dianne Penn reports. [...]

11 Jul 2013 | Posted in Women | Read More »

UN officials to visit Syria

Listen / A busy thoroughfare in the ancient Syrian city of Aleppo. Photo: UNESCO/Ron Van Oers

The UN disarmament chief, Ms. Angela Kane, and Professor Åke Sellström, head of the UN mission to investigate alleged chemical weapons use in Syria, have agreed to accept the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic's invitation to visit Damascus. The focus of the mission, set up following a formal request from the Syrian Government, will [...]

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UN and EU humanitarian chiefs visit CAR to assess deteriorating humanitarian situation

Listen / Kaga-Bandoro, CAR: An estimated 1.6 million people in the Central African Republic are in need of humanitarian assistance. Credit: IRC

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, is visiting the Central African Republic Thursday and Friday (11-12 July) with Kristalina Georgieva, European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response. Before departing for the Central African Republic, Commissioner Georgieva told UN Radio that the joint trip to the African country is necessitated by the [...]

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US and China agree to reduce greenhouse gases

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A new, wide-ranging US-China cooperation to cut emissions from major polluting sources and to boost energy efficiency has gotten the "thumbs up" from, the UN's top climate change official. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UNFCCC, saluted the agreement between the two countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions [...]

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Expert explains how effective taxation can promote peacebuilding in post-conflict countries

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When a nation has had its administrative and governance systems shattered during war and conflict, how feasible is it to try to start generating revenue locally? Is it right to ask people who are just recovering from war to start paying taxes? Issues like these were raised during a recent event in New York organized [...]

11 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Number of school-aged children in conflict zones increases

Listen / Syrian refugee children play beside tents in Domiz refugee camp.© UNHCR/B.Sokol

A new paper from UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, shows that half of the 57 million children out of school live in conflict-affected countries. The paper was released in partnership with the non-governmental organization Save the Children to mark the 16th birthday of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani student shot by the [...]

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Food insecurity remains high in Malawi: Human rights expert

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Malawi's ambitious efforts to strengthen food security over recent years have been praised, notably its policy to increase domestic crop production by subsidizing inputs such as fertilizer and seeds. Word of this comes from the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food Olivier De Schutter. But he says "food insecurity remains high, affecting some [...]

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Serious food insecurity affects Syria, Central Africa, parts of West Africa

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A new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) shows that instability in some countries leads to food insecurity. The latest issue of FAO’s quarterly Crop Prospects and Food Situation report, focuses on developments affecting the food security situation of developing countries. In its review of food insecurity hotspots, the report highlights that [...]

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Security Council urged to beef up capacity at South Sudan mission

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• This week, South Sudan celebrated its second anniversary as an independent nation. UN envoy Hilde Johnson told the Security Council that the country has made progress in areas such as consolidating peace and addressing cases of arbitrary detention. However, says insecurity and other challenges still remain UN reports 300,000 people this year have fled [...]

11 Jul 2013 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Provide all adolescents with age-appropriate comprehensive education of sexuality: Ban

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Far too many of the estimated 16 million teenage girls who give birth each year never had the opportunity to plan their pregnancy, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a message marking World Population Day. He suggests that to address these problems of complications from pregnancy and childbirth, "we must get girls into primary school and [...]

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World cereal production set to reach historic high in 2013

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World total cereal production is forecast to increase by about 7 percent in 2013 compared to last year, helping to replenish global inventories and raise expectations for more stable markets in 2013/14. According to the latest issue of FAO’s quarterly Crop Prospects and Food Situation report, the increase would bring world cereal production to 2 [...]

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Secretary-General appoints new head of UN Women

Listen / Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

The United Nations Secretary-General has appointed Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka of South Africa as Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women). She replaces Ms. Michelle Bachelet, who spearheaded the Organization's work on gender equality and the empowerment of women at the global, regional and country levels. The new [...]

10 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

West Africa sub-region faces multiple political and security challenges: SRSG Djinnit

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"The West African sub-region continues to face multiple political and security challenges mainly linked to transnational organized crime, piracy and terrorist activities as well as election-related tensions in some countries", the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa Said Djinnit told the Security Council on Wednesday. He said that three zones of instability are [...]

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WHO report finds tobacco control measures are working

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Establishing smoke-free public spaces and putting health warnings on cigarette packages are among the measures that are helping to protect millions of people from the harmful effects of tobacco. In fact, more than two billion people worldwide are now covered by these or other life-saving measures which limit tobacco use, according to the World Health [...]

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Ban on tobacco advertising and promotion making significant progress

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At least 24 countries worldwide have introduced complete bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Creation of smoke-free public and work places is the most commonly established tobacco control measure with 32 countries having passed complete smoking bans covering all work places, public places and public transport over [...]

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Security Council expresses concern over Lebanese sovereignty

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The Security Council is concerned about violations to Lebanese sovereignty and territorial integrity, according to US Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo, President of the Council for the month of July. Speaking at a meeting of the Council on Wednesday, Ms. DiCarlo expressed the Council's concerned over a number of issues, including a spillover into Lebanon of the [...]

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In Kenya, UNHCR chief discusses solutions for Somali refugees

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"For the first time in over two decades, there is a chance to establish normalcy" in the situation in Somalia, High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres told Kenya's Interior minister on Wednesday. Guterres met with the Kenyan minister to discuss the situation in Somalia and Kenya's interests in seeing Somali refugees returning home. He said [...]

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Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attack in Beirut

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The members of the Security Council have strongly condemned Tuesday's terrorist attack in Beirut, Lebanon. In a statement, the members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring the perpetrators to justice. The members of the Security Council appealed to all Lebanese people to preserve national unity in the face of attempts to undermine [...]

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UN Women calls for Egyptian women's voices to be heard without threat of violence

Listen / UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri. Photo: UN Women/Fabricio Barreto

  UN Women has called for Egyptian women's voices to be heard without threat of violence. A statement says UN Women is concerned by reports of the high prevalence of sexual assaults against women in public spaces. It says UN Women adds its voice to calls on all parties to take a firm stand and [...]

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Moratorium on using live rinderpest virus lifted for approved research

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A moratorium on using live rinderpest virus for approved research has been lifted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The moratorium follows the adoption of a Resolution in May 2011 by all OIE Member Countries that urged members to forbid the manipulation of rinderpest virus containing [...]

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Russia’s UN Ambassador offers claim of chemical weapon use by Syrian armed opposition

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The Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, told correspondents at the UN on Tuesday that he believes the armed opposition in Syria has used chemical weapons. He recounted a Syrian Government report from earlier this year that accused anti-government forces of launching a gas-laden projectile near Khan al-Assal in the Aleppo [...]

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An Ethiopian women's rights activist’s thirst for education

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Education for girls is not a priority in her country Ethiopia, says Bogaletch Gebre, a women's rights activist, stressing that their priority is taking care of the family and household chores. When she was six or seven years old, an opportunity presented itself where an educated female relative came to visit and taught her the [...]

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Global growth projected to remain subdued: IMF

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The global economy is growing more slowly than expected, with risks to that growth increasing especially in emerging markets, says the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in an update to its World Economic Outlook (WEO). The IMF says global growth is now projected at 3.1 for 2013 and 3.8 percent for 2014, a downward revision of [...]

9 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Pope visits Lampedusa

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Pope Francis, during a highly symbolic visit to Italy’s Lampedusa Island on Monday, called for understanding and solidarity for the thousands of people who risk their lives every year on the high seas in search of a better life. Lampedusa Island, Italy has become a primary European entry point for migrants, mainly from Africa. The [...]

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IAEA team wraps up review of causes of roof collapse at Chernobyl Nuclear plant

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An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) expert team has completed a mission to review the causes and effects of a partial roof collapse at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in February 2013. The expert team was asked to assess the root causes of the collapse, any radiological consequences of the incident, and the plant’s response [...]

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WFP fears funding shortfall will impede delivery of "food and hope" in Syria

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The World Food Programme (WFP) warns that a lack of funding could affect food distribution to Syrian refugees as early as this month. Muhannad Hadi, WFP Emergency Coordinator for Syria, says the agency requires $27 million each week to distribute rations to more than five million people in the country or who have fled to [...]

9 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Syrian situation – bad to worse, says WFP Emergency Coordinator

Listen / A Syrian woman smiles as she carries food from the World Food Programme (WFP) home to her family

The situation in Syria has gone from bad to worse, says Muhannad Hadi, the World Food Programmes's Emergency Coordinator for Syria. Mr. Hadi, who was in Syria last week, says this month, WFP will deliver food to about three million people inside the country and more than one million outside the country. He says the [...]

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The end of a long, silent journey: Two Eritreans in Libya

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David and his wife Amitu arrived in Tripoli, Libya in the middle of its Arab spring revolution in 2011. Their long and arduous journey started by crossing the Sahara desert from Eritrea, to Sudan into Libya. The couple faced considerable challenges in their perilous journey as they are both deaf and mute. In this piece [...]

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ICPD human rights conference opens with strong calls for equality for every person

Listen / Dr. Osotimehin speaks at the opening of the ICPD Conference on Human Rights. Photo: Marcel Vogel

In many places, women continue to be seen as second-class citizens. And girls' potential continues to be squandered, despite the links between their education and economic growth. That's what the Executive Director of the UN Population Fund Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin told the opening session of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) International Conference [...]

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UN Chief condemns killings of protesters

Listen / protesters clash with police personnel in downtown Cairo. [Photo from file: Amr Emam/IRIN]

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Monday condemned the reported killing of more than 50 people at protests outside the Republican Guard headquarters in Egypt earlier that day. Corinne Momal-Vanian, Director of the United Nations Information Service in Geneva, says the Secretary-General was deeply concerned about the killings. ” He condemned those killings and called [...]

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Ban urges Syrian conflicting parties to respect the religious obligation of Ramadan for at least a month

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all parties in Syria to respect the religious obligation of Ramadan for at least, at a minimum, one month. In a Ramadan appeal for the people of Syria, the Secretary-General noted that Syrians are enduring a third Ramadan when their country is being torn apart by an ever-worsening civil [...]

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81 killed in Egypt’s latest political crisis

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The United Nations Human Rights office (OHCHR) says it is alarmed by the escalation of violence and killings in Egypt following the removal of the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Nearly 81 people have been killed and over 1,300 injured since the start of the current political crisis on July 3. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [...]

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Struggle and progress characterize Sudan's second anniversary

Listen / UN peacekeepers offer protection to residents of Jonglei state, South Sudan. Photo: UNMISS

The euphoria that accompanied the birth of South Sudan as a nation on the 9th of July two years ago now seems like a fading memory, Hilde Johnson told the Security Council on Monday. The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative to the country said the key determinant for developments in South Sudan continues to remain its [...]

8 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

New UN food safety and nutrition standards to benefit consumers

Listen / New regulations on fruit and vegetables will improve food quality. (PHOTO@FAO)

The UN food standards body known as Codex Alimentarius has agreed on new standards to protect the health of consumers worldwide. These include standards on fruit, vegetables, fish and fishery products, salt and fat labeling, hygiene and carcinogenic contaminants. The Codex Alimentarius Commission, jointly run by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the [...]

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Myanmar releases child soldiers

Listen / Many children who once worked for armed groups need reintegration help, according to children's rights NGOs. Photo: Naresh Newar/IRIN

The United Nations on Monday welcomed the release of 42 children by the Myanmar Armed Forces, known as the Tatmadaw. The children were released to their families on Sunday in the presence of senior Government officials as well as representatives from the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the office of the UN Resident Coordinator in [...]

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UN reports 300,000 people this year have fled fighting in Darfur

Listen / El Sereif, Darfur (Photo: UNAMID)

Fighting in Sudan's Darfur region has displaced an estimated 300,000 people so far this year which is more than the past two years combined, according to UN estimates. The people are escaping inter-ethnic community violence, or conflict between rebel movements and government forces, much of which is driven by the struggle for resources such as [...]

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Security Council urged to beef up capacity at South Sudan mission

Listen / A wide view of the Security Council Chamber as Hilde Johnson (shown on screen).

Progress in consolidating peace, reforming the national police and addressing cases of arbitrary detention are some of the steps South Sudan has made two years after becoming an independent nation. That assessment comes from Hilde Johnson, head of the UN mission in the country (UNMISS), who briefed the Security Council on Monday. However, she pointed [...]

8 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Tackling inequality is at the heart of the UN sustainable development agenda: Ban

Listen / Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya (Photograph: Reuters / Thomas Mukoya)

The Millennium Development Goals have been remarkably successful in generating global action across a range of issues, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He cited examples such as lifting 600 million people out of extreme poverty, to more people having access to improved sources of water and to putting more children, especially girls, in school [...]

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Inequality can breed crime, disease, hamper economic growth: Ban

Listen / In Namibia a woman collects water for her family's needs. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Social justice is a key ingredient of a peaceful sustainable world for all humankind, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday in remarks at an informal General Assembly thematic debate on Inequality. The Secretary-General cautioned that "societies where hope and opportunity are scarce are vulnerable to upheaval and conflict". He said "Social and economic inequalities can tear [...]

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Special Representative of Secretary-General regrets killing of Somali journalist

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The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, has expressed sorrow over the killing of Libaan Abdullahi Farah 'Qaran', a reporter of Somali Kalsan TV based in Gaalkacyo. Reports suggest that he was shot dead Sunday night while returning home from duty. This is the fifth journalist to be murdered in the [...]

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Ban Ki-moon calls on governments to support cooperatives

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on governments to encourage policies to support and strengthen cooperatives so they can contribute fully to inclusive and sustainable development. He made the call on the International Day of Cooperatives, the 6th of July. Cooperatives are organized around financial, agricultural or employment needs, for example. After disasters such as [...]

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Military chief foreshadows arrival of Intervention Brigade and "drones" at UN mission in DRC

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Advanced military technologies can greatly benefit UN peacekeeping, according to the Force Commander at the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). Lieutenant-General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz recently briefed the Security Council on how the mission will deploy unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or "drones" to gather information on armed groups. Eastern [...]

8 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UNICEF condemns killings in school attack in Northeast Nigeria

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The deaths of students in yet another attack on a school in Northeast Nigeria should be condemned absolutely by all communities, UNICEF says. UNICEF calls for those responsible to be brought to justice and for communities to demand that schools be considered as places of safety. The UN children's agency notes that since 16 June, [...]

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Secretary-General urges Governments to strengthen cooperatives

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Saturday 6 July is International Day of Cooperatives. And in a message marking the occasion, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon describes as an annual opportunity to highlight how cooperatives can contribute to building resilience in all regions and all economic sector. Noting that "we live in a time of global uncertainty with multiple crises and natural [...]

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Human Rights chief concerned about civilians caught in siege in Homs, Syria

Listen / Smoke drifts into the sky from buildings and houses hit by shelling in Homs, Syria (June 2012). [UN Photo/David Manyua]

The UN Human Rights High Commissioneris concerned about the impact of a major offensive in the Syrian city of Homs. In a statement on Friday, Navi Pillay cited reports received by her office concerning heavy shelling in the Al-Khaldiya neighbourhood since the early hours of that morning. The initiative had been launched in late June [...]

5 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNHCR concerned about continued displacement in Central African Republic

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The continued displacement of thousands of people in the Central African Republic three months after the government was ousted by a rebel coalition remains of extreme concern to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency reports that there are more than 200,000 internally displaced people and over 20,000 refugees in the country. UNHCR and its [...]

5 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Peacekeeping chief: Darfur security situation deteriorating

Listen / USG for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous and head of UNAMID Mohamed Ibn Chambas pay a visit to an injured UNAMID peacekeeper in Nyala, Darfur. [UN Photo/Albert González Farran]

There's been a deterioration in the security situation in Sudan's Darfur region, with more than 300,000 people being displaced since the beginning of the year, according to the head of UN peacekeeping. Hervé Ladsous said the displacement was mostly due to inter-community clashes, and he called on all parties in Darfur to cease hostilities. Ladsous [...]

5 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Tourism looking up for St. Kitts-Nevis: Skerrit

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The sounds of the Caribbean waffled through the New Yorker Hotel in New York as the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) celebrated Caribbean Week in New York. During the week of activities, UN Radio spoke with a number of regional officials. Today, it's St.Kitts-Nevis' Minister of Tourism and International Transport, International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer [...]

5 Jul 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

UN Daily News 5 July 2013

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Force Commander discusses new challenge for UN troops in Lebanon

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As conflict persists in Syria and the number of displaced people continues to flee into neighbouring countries, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) is more active than usual. According to UNIFIL Force Commander Major General Paolo Serra, "Lebanon's policy of neutrality has helped to keep the country out of trouble over the past two [...]

5 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Political Affairs chief underlines UN commitment to Somalia

Listen / The UN's Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey D. Feltman, [center] stands for a moment of silence next to a wreath laid for the victims of a recent terrorist attack on a UN compound in Mogadishu, Somalia, on June 27.
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The deadly attack last month on the UN compound in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, will not deter the United Nations. That message comes from Jeffrey Feltman, head of the UN's Department of Political Affairs, who recently travelled to the country. Feltman met with the Somali President who also mourned and attended a service in memory of [...]

5 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Somalis and Eritreans top migrants crossing Mediterranean into southern Europe: UNHCR

Listen / Migrants arriving on Italy's Lampedusa Island after crossing the Mediterranean on a dilapidated boat. [UNHCR/F.Noy]

More than 8,000 migrants and asylum seekers landed on the coasts of Italy and Malta during the first six months of the year, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reports. UNHCR says the majority departed from North Africa, principally Libya, while others crossed from Greece and Turkey. The Mediterranean is one of the world's busiest seaways, [...]

5 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WHO emergency committee to discuss Middle East flu virus

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The World Health Organization (WHO) says the spread of the Middle East coronavirus is yet to reach emergency or pandemic levels but is urging health authorities worldwide to step up surveillance. WHO says it will convene an emergency committee of international health experts to deliberate on the spread of the virus and to determine whether [...]

5 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban tells Egyptian foreign minister of the need to protect fundamental human rights of all Egyptians

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. [UN Photo/Mark Garten]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep concern about the military intervention into Egypt's civilian and constitutional affairs. The Secretary-General spoke Thursday with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamal Amr reminding the foreign minister of the need for the Egyptian authorities to protect the fundamental human rights of all Egyptians, including freedom of speech and assembly. Secretary-General [...]

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UN report predicts dire food security picture in Syria

Listen / WFP food distribution in Syria. [WFP photo]

A limited "window of opportunity" exists to ensure families affected by the crisis in Syria do not lose vital sources of food and income, according to two UN agencies. In a report released on Friday, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) warn that food security will worsen if the [...]

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UN: Detention of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood leaders worrying

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The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) has expressed concern over the reported widespread detention of leading members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said the new interim authorities in Egypt must quickly re-establish the rule of law and a system of government that respects the human rights [...]

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Veteran Ethiopian activist wins King Baudouin African Development Prize

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Bogaletch Gebre, a veteran campaigner for women's rights in Ethiopia is the winner of the 2012-2013 King Baudouin African Development Prize presented by Belgium. She talks to Beng Poblete-Enriquez about the NGO she founded alongside her sister nearly two decades that has been working to empower women and stamp out the practice of female genital [...]

4 Jul 2013 | Posted in Women | Read More »

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UN to remain "at the side of the Afghan people" after 2014: Deputy Secretary-General

Listen / UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson in an interview with UNAMA during his visit to Afghanistan. [Fardin Waezi / UNAMA]

As Afghanistan gears up for a period of transition following the withdrawal of foreign forces in 2014, the United Nations will remain "at the side of the Afghan people," according to UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson. Mr. Eliasson on Tuesday concluded a five-day visit to the country where he met with President Hamid Karzai and [...]

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WFP and government launch cooked school meals initiative in Bangladesh

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A joint school meals initiative reaching 14,000 children in Bangladesh's Barguna District was launched Thursday by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) along with the Government of Bangladesh, with funding from the Australian Government Overseas Aid Program (AusAID). Instead of the micronutrient-fortified biscuits usually provided in school feeding programmes in Bangladesh, children in 63 schools [...]

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Military interference in the affairs of any state not consistent with fundamental democratic principles: Ban

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated his appeals for calm, non-violence, dialogue and restraint in Egypt at this moment of continued high tension and uncertainty in the country. During a press conference on Thursday in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Secretary-General said the United Nations was following closely, and with continuing concern, the fast-moving developments in Egypt. [...]

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Syria Commission of Inquiry briefs Security Council

Listen / Karen Abuzayd, Member of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic. [UN Photo/JC McIlwaine]

Although the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria has not been granted access to the country, its members say this does not translate into a lack of information on the ongoing crisis there. Commission members recently briefed the Security Council on their latest report, which for the first time documents the systematic imposition of [...]

4 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Summer Fun Days for refugee children in the West Bank

Listen / A girl plays on an inflatable slide during UNRWA Summer Fun Weeks. [UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan]

The Summer Fun Days have begun for 150,000 Palestine refugee children in the West Bank, thanks to generous funding from the European Union. For the third year in a row, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) says these fun-filled activities ranging from recreational, sport and art, [...]

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The Alliance of Civilizations role in an ever-changing world

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The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations is a forum for inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue. The Alliance, which was established in 2005 on the initiative of Spain and Turkey, seeks to build trust and understanding across cultures and communities around the world. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, was designated UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations [...]

4 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

A new day in Mali as UN mission begins operations

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• A new United Nations peacekeeping mission for insurgent-beset Mali was launched on the first of July as troops from a previous, African-led international force officially donned the blue berets that identify the operations of the world organization. African countries battle deadly tsetse fly with help from UN atomic energy agency • For thousands of [...]

3 Jul 2013 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

WMO records first decade of 21st century as one of "climate extremes"

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The first decade of the 21st century was the hottest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization, WMO, the United Nations weather agency. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 3’03″

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UN Daily News 3 July 2013

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Codex Alimentarius Commission – code for safe, good food

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Safe, good food – that's the foundation for the creation of the Codex Alimentarius Commission by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The world’s food standard body is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Beng Poblete-Enriquez reports. Duration: 2'46"

3 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Agreement reached on increased family visits for long-separated Sahrawi families

Listen / Separated families meet up again during a family visit in Western Sahara. [Photo: UNHCR/S.Hopper]

Agreement has been reached to expand a programme of family visits between Western Saharan refugees living in camps near Tindouf, Algeria, and their families in the Western Sahara Territory. The agreement follows a meeting in Geneva between Morocco, Frente Polisario, Algeria, Mauritania and the UN refugee agency –UNHCR. The visits are a key element in [...]

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UN official calls for an end to Israeli restrictions on free movement of people and goods in the Gaza Strip

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Israel has been urged to lift long-term restrictions, including the blockade of Gaza in place since 2007. The call comes from UN Humanitarian Coordinator James Rawley. He says "the cumulative impact of Israel's restrictions, some of which have been in place for more than a decade, has devastated the livelihoods of families in Gaza, such [...]

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A new day in Mali as UN mission begins operations

Listen / Contingent putting blue berets of the UN peacekeepers

With one simple motion, soldiers who were serving in Mali under an African-led international force were welcomed into the United Nations family. During a ceremony on Monday in the capital, Bamako, the soldiers removed their hats, switching them for the blue berets of UN peacekeepers. Dianne Penn has the story. Duration: 2’22″

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UNAIDS pledges support to networks for women living with HIV to advance cervical cancer programmes

Listen / UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé speaking at the African First Ladies Summit. [UNAIDS/S.Lewis]

  UNAIDS has pledged to support the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon (PRRR) initiative, including through a commitment of US$100,000 over three years to help promote the engagement of women living with HIV in the design and implementation of programmes in PRRR countries. UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé says "In a people-centred approach we can ensure [...]

3 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

2001- 2010: A Decade of Climate Extremes

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The world experienced unprecedented high impact climate extremes in the decade to 2010, from heat waves in Europe, hurricanes and tropical storms in the Americas and Asia, floods in Pakistan and droughts in Australia and East Africa, according to a new report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The report says the 2001-2010 decade was [...]

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Amos calls for more support for refugees and host communities in Lebanon

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The top UN humanitarian official on Tuesday called for more support to help the increasing number of refugees and local host communities affected by the crisis in Syria. UN Humanitarian Coordinator Valerie Amos said that since her "last visit to Lebanon just six months ago, the number of refugees has increased by more than 200 [...]

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ECOSOC focuses on international financial and trade institutions

Listen / President of ECOSOC, Nestor Osorio, during the ECOSOC 2013 High-Level Segment. [UN Photo / Anne-Laure Lechat]

The economic slowdown in the world's major economies has not diminished, according to Nestor Osorio, President of the UN Economic and Social Council, ECOSOC. In fact, new medium term risks have emerged and pose a threat to global financial stability. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 3’05″      

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UN to remain "at the side of the Afghan people" after 2014: Deputy Secretary-General

Listen / UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson in an interview with UNAMA during his visit to Afghanistan. [Fardin Waezi / UNAMA]

As Afghanistan gears up for a period of transition following the withdrawal of foreign forces in 2014, the United Nations will remain "at that side of the Afghan people," according to UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson. Mr. Eliasson on Tuesday concluded a five-day visit to the country where he met with President Hamid Karzai and [...]

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Egyptian President urged to listen to people's protests

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The United Nations Human Rights Office has called on the President of Egypt to listen to the Egyptian people and to engage in a 'serious national dialogue' to prevent an escalation of violence in the country. Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, says the office is following the [...]

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UNICEF says children bearing the brunt of worsening situation in the Central African Republic

Listen / A mother has brought her 3-year-old child to the Ouango Health Centre in Bangui for a measles vaccination. [UNICEF Photo]

The humanitarian situation for children in the Central African Republic has worsened since the military takeover of the country, according to assessments by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The assessments show that children in the centre and west of the country have been particularly badly affected. Healthcare provision has suffered, with medicine only being [...]

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Deputy Secretary-General concludes mission to Afghanistan

Listen / The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson at a press conference in Kabul. [Fardin Waezi / UNAMA]

UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has wrapped up a five-day mission to Afghanistan where he met with President Hamid Karzai and other senior authorities. At a press conference in the capital, Kabul, on Tuesday, Eliasson pledged continued UN support to the country as it prepares to enter what he described as "a new phase" in [...]

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A political solution the only way of the Syrian tragedy: Ban

Listen / The Baba Amro neighbourhood in Homs, Syria. [UN Photo/Atiqul Hassan]

Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon has called on the warring sides in Syria to do their utmost to avoid civilian casualties in Homs and to allow immediate humanitarian access, as well as opportunities for trapped civilians to leave without fear of persecution. A statement from the Spokespersons' office says the Secretary-General is following with grave concern [...]

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Women at greater risk of gun-related domestic violence

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Women make up the largest number of victims killed, injured or intimidated with firearms at home, according to the latest global Small Arms Survey. Data from 111 countries shows that about 66,000 women are killed violently each year, with most of the deaths occurring at home and perpetrated by a current or former partner. The [...]

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UN: Rapid urbanization a threat to sustainable development

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New strategies are needed to address the impacts of rapid urbanization around the world, including increasing demands for energy, water, sanitation, public services, education and health, according to the 2013 UN World Economic and Social Survey. The survey estimates that nearly 6.25 billion people will be living in urban areas by 2050 with more than half [...]

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An Ethiopian women's rights activist wins King Baudouin African Development Prize

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Bogaletch Gebre, an Ethiopian women's rights campaigner, was awarded the 2012-2013 King Baudouin African Development Prize in Belgium. The Prize was established in 1978 to promote social progress throughout the developing world and is now concentrating its efforts on Africa. Bogaletch, together with her sister, founded the Kembatti Mentti Gezzimma (KMG) in 1997, a non-profit [...]

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INDONESIA #26: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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High-level Meeting adopts Declaration for unified and focused action by all to end hunger and malnutrition by 2025

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Heads of State and Government of the African Union, non-State actors and other partners meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday have unanimously adopted a Declaration to end hunger in Africa by 2025. The declaration calls for a combination of policies to promote sustainable agricultural development with social protection, for a budgetary allocation focused on [...]

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UN Daily News 1 July 2013

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ECOSOC annual session focuses on science, technology, and innovation

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Innovation lies at the heart of addressing the interlinked challenges of global development, said Ban Ki-Moon. The UN Secretary-General was addressing the opening session of the annual meeting of ECOSOC, the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 2’53″

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Ministers at IAEA conference call for stronger nuclear security

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Despite substantial progress in strengthening nuclear security in recent years, more needs to be done worldwide to defend against the threat of nuclear terrorism and other malicious acts involving nuclear or radiological material, a Ministerial Declaration at the IAEA's International Conference on Nuclear Security: Enhancing Global Efforts stated Monday. The Ministerial Declaration, adopted at a [...]

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WHO issues new HIV recommendations calling for earlier treatment

Listen / A patient in South Sudan holding her anti-retroviral drugs. [Photo: UNDP/Brian Sokol]

New HIV treatment guidelines by the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend offering antiretroviral therapy (ART) earlier. Recent evidence indicates that earlier ART will help people with HIV to live longer, healthier lives, and substantially reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to others. The move could avert an additional 3 million deaths and prevent 3.5 million [...]

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Switzerland retains top spot in 2013 Global Innovation Index

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The Global Innovation Index 2013 was published today, with Switzerland taking the top position for the third year running, followed by Sweden, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the United States. The Index, published by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), looked at 142 economies around the world, using 84 indicators [...]

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IAEA chief urges countries to take action to establish effective nuclear systems

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano. [Dean Calma / IAEA]

A warning that "all countries should work to establish effective nuclear security systems". Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano told an International Conference on Nuclear Security in Vienna Monday that "all countries should strengthen international cooperation, making sure that all internationally agreed instruments are in force and actually used". “I stress [...]

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UN: Syria peace talks best chance to deliver peace

Listen / Syrian refugee children play beside tents in Domiz refugee camp. (Photo: UNHCR/B.Sokol)

The US-Russian initiative to bring warring Syrian parties to the negotiating table is the best chance to end months of fighting, deliver peace and save lives, according to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. Speaking in Geneva Mr. Ban said although significant progress has been made in the convening of an international peace [...]

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Global Fund, UNAIDS and Kenya join to defeat infectious diseases in Kenya

Listen / Executive Director of the Global Fund, Mark Dybul, and Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe, signing the grant agreements in Nairobi. [UNAIDS Photo]

Leaders of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria have signaled a strong partnership to defeat infectious diseases including HIV and TB in Kenya. Executive Director of the Global Fund, Mark Dybul, and Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe, signed two new grant agreements [...]

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More Millennium Development Goals achievable by 2015

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Big strides have been made in the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals, and more targets are within reach by the 2015 target date, according to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. Launching the 2013 Millennium Development Goals report in Geneva at the start of the annual gathering of the UN Economic and [...]

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